Clergy, Journey to Healing, Recovering Humanity

Lessons from a Swaying Light

The other day I was driving to work, and I saw a traffic light swaying heavily. I immediately feared that the light would fall off of the post because it swayed so hard. As I got out of my car and walked down the street, I saw yet another light swaying in the wind, but then I saw something else, another light anchored right next to it. As I looked at these two lights, I could not help but notice the devices that were keeping them in place. The “stable” light had two places of support while the “swaying” light had only one, which led me to ask, “how strong does the single anchor have to be in order to keep this lamp in place?”

Then, I got to thinking. For as much as I thought that this light would fall from all the wind and swaying, it was firmly anchored and secured. This light had a strong connection to it’s source. Unlike the seemingly “stable” light, this one didn’t need multiple points of security. It just need this one strong one.

Then, the AHA came. This swaying light is like some people we know (or even ourselves) who are tossed about by the winds of this world. We assume, like I initially did, that they will eventually fall to their demise because they are not “stable.” But, the truth of the matter is, they will NOT fall and not be knocked of course because they are securely anchored to the Source. And funny thing is, unlike the “stable” people, they don’t need a lot of support. They don’t need to be secured at the top and the bottom. They don’t need to be surrounded with anchors. All they need is the ONE connection, at the top, and they will remain in place. Because sometimes, those flailing have stronger connections than those who appear to be stable.

So the next time you see a person or find yourself swaying in the wind, remember, all you need is ONE STRONG CONNECTION to keep you anchored!

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